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Kieschnick earns first win as reliever

7/10/2003

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Miller Park was full of odd sights Wednesday
night as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 in
12 innings.

There was Brooks Kieschnick, a slugger who always had trouble
making contact, earning his first victory since reviving his career
as a reliever.

And then there was Pittsburgh's Randall Simon swinging a bat and
hitting one of the Brewers' popular racing sausages. Simon was
questioned by sheriff's officers.

"It was very strange," Pirates outfielder Reggie Sanders said.
"It was an unfortunate situation."

Four people in sausage costumes race around the bases between
the sixth and seventh innings at Brewers games as part of the
entertainment for the fans.

Film showed that when the group went past the Pirates dugout,
Simon swung a bat at the Italian sausage character -- portrayed by a
20-year-old South Milwaukee woman -- causing her to fall to the
ground. As she fell, another person in a costume went down.

"They were doing the sausage race. He hit her with the baseball
bat," said Deputy Inspector Sherry Warichak of the Milwaukee
County Sheriff's Department, which provides security at Brewers
games. "When he hit her, that other character fell.

"They both were treated at the scene for scraped knees, but at
this point I don't think they have any other complaints," she
said.

The Brewers won the game on Wes Helms' RBI infield hit with two
outs in the 12th.

Kieschnick (1-1) singled as a pinch-hitter in the 11th, then
pitched a hitless 12th for the victory.

"I can't even describe it. I'm so excited," Kieschnick said.
"This was a good, all-around win for us."

Richie Sexson drew a two-out walk in the 12th and took third
base on John Vander Wal's single.

Helms, who like Vander Wal was 0-was-5 until the last inning,
followed with a slow, choppy grounder down the third-base line.
Pittsburgh third baseman Aramis Ramirez charged on the ball but
failed to field it cleanly.

"I didn't like it because it was probably a pitch I should not
have swung at 2-1," Helms said. "It was a changeup, down, but I'm
happy with it. I can't complain about a game-winning single.

Joe Beimel (1-2) took the loss.

In the 10th, Sexson led off with an infield single and took
second on a balk before another pitch was thrown, but was stranded.

Milwaukee's Geoff Jenkins, who was added to the NL All-Star team
earlier in the day, was 2-for-5 with one walk.

Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Pitcher Glendon Rusch
led off with a single, Scott Podsednik singled with one out and a
walk to Jenkins loaded the bases.

Sexson also walked, forcing home a run, but Kris Benson struck
out Vander Wal and got Wes Helms to fly out to end the inning.

Pittsburgh tied it at 1 in the sixth. With one out, Jason
Kendall singled and scored on Brian Giles' triple to the
right-center field gap. He was stranded at third when Ramirez
grounded out and Wilson flied out.

Rusch allowed one earned run and four hits in six innings but
has yet to win a game since his only victory April 8 against
Pittsburgh. The left-hander, in the midst of a career-high 10-game
losing streak, made his first start since June 18 after four
appearances (three starts) at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Benson allowed one earned run and seven hits in six innings. His
last victory was May 27.
^Notes:@ The teams wore 1978-style uniforms. ... Podsednik has
reached base safely in 39 straight games, tying Barry Bonds for the
longest streak in the majors this season. ... Kenny Lofton's double
in the third inning gave Pittsburgh an extra-base hit in a
season-high 23 straight games.